Sexy Women of the 80’s

5 Mar

Pheobe Cates Fast Times at Ridgemont High 1982

Phoebe Cates

Cates acting debut was not in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, this was her most remembered movies as it had one of the greatest bikini drop scenes ever on film but rather Paradise with Willie Ames.   The two movies with lots of topless and partial nudity put Cates into the teen sex romp category.  She went on to do Private School another along the likes of Fast Times, Steven Spielberg’s Gremlins, the forgotten Shag and  Michael J Fox’s model wife in Bright Lights Big City.  As a daughter of a well-known broadway and television  producer, Cates attended Julliard for dance and turned to acting/modeling  only after a knee injury at the age of 15.  This led to numerous TV commercials and appearances on the cover of  Tiger and Teen Beat magazines. 

Cates, then and now

 In 1989 Cates met her future husband actor Kevin Kline, 17 years her senior while auditioning for the Big Chill; the part went to Meg Tilly.  Cates took the 90’s off to raise her and Klines 2 children.  Despite distancing herself from her acting and nude scenes in Paradise she stated “In this business, if a girl wants a career, she has to be willing to strip. If you’ve got a good bod, then why not show it?”  Cates placed 14th in Harper’s Bazzar  Sexiest women of the 80’s.

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